What’s on around town
• Parramatta’s Threefold Pastry is giving one pastry diehard the chance to score a free coffee and croissant every week for a whole year. No need to deliberate between plain and chocolate, just go week on, week off.
• Matteo Downtown has launched a $30 express lunch menu. Head to the contemporary Italian diner in the CBD for a main – a burrata pizza or vodka rigatoni, perhaps? – and a glass of house wine or beer.
• Famed Melbourne chef Coskun Uysal, of Tulum, is popping up at CBD restaurant Maydanoz for one night only. On October 26, the chef will serve canapés (like simit with smoked taramasalata), larger plates (like yellowfin tuna with fried-green-pepper borani) and a dessert that, intriguingly, brings chicken to the mix.
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• Parramatta’s Japanese restaurant Oribu – which has an ex-Nobu chef on the pans – has launched a $150 tasting menu. Expect things like kingfish carpaccio, sashimi, yuzu guacamole with lotus chips, and yuzu sorbet with coconut cream.
• Blame the Chef is a tasty series from inner-city burger stop Bar Luca, where chefs are invited in for week-long residencies, tasked with designing and making their own burgs. First up is Rising Sun Workshop’s Nick Smith, who’s in the kitchen from October 16 to 22 with a smashed-pork-belly burger complete with tonkatsu sauce, charred pickle and kimchi slaw.
• Disco Kicks Spaghetti Disco is the party taking over Icebergs on Sunday October 15. The ticketed event brings a line-up of Italian DJs, snacks (like fermented chilli and tomato suppli and pici alle vongole) and a welcome Campari soda on arrival.
• The taco-slinging Neutral Bay mainstay Socal is turning 10 – and celebrating with a week of $3 tacos (baja fish, chorizo, pork cochinita and more) and $15 Margs (Tommy’s, spicy, frozen or coconut). Head in from 5pm, between October 16 and 22.
• Aplenty is taking over the kitchen at Cafe Freda’s on Sunday October 10. Head to the vibe-heavy Darlinghurst corner spot for Michaela Johansson’s standout Med-leaning fare (most commonly found at events catered by those in the know).
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• Pepetino is the inner-west-based brand delivering vibrant chilli oils and condiments laced with native ingredients. Made by Mattia Pellegrin in his Forest Lodge home, the three-part range includes a native chilli oil, lemon-myrtle-spiced olive oil and a native chilli salt, which can be purchased online or at Potts Point and Kings Cross farmers markets.
What we covered this week
• The W Sydney is now open. The monolithic Darling Harbour hotel has been in the works for years. Bookings are now open for Btwn, the restaurant helmed by ex-Aria chef Chris Dodd.
• There are three flash (but very different) new dining venues north of the Harbour Bridge to add to your list. A coffee stop with spectacular views, a birria taco in a holiday-ready space, plus a fire-powered meal from a celebrated hospo crew.
• First Look: the team behind Dulwich Hill’s The General has overhauled the kitchen offering at Marrickville Golf Club. Wharf St Kitchen brings steak frites with house-made gravy, braised brisket lasagne and more.
• First Look: Burger Park, a new spot for Bondi from Joel Bennetts and the Fish Shop crew, brings simple hand-held beauties to the beach. The tight four-part line-up includes a panko-crumbed chicken burger with “KFC-vibe secret ingredients” and a barra burger with green goddess tartare. Plus, there’s an off-menu cheeseburger that’s tipped to be the top pick.
• This week on Around Town we take a look at a flash new Sri Lankan eatery with top-tier desserts, get the inside scoop on Bondi’s Burger Park from co-owner Joel Bennetts, hear one Broadsheet editor gush about a bacon and egg roll that “will change your life”, and chat to Sydney-based artist and curator Talia Smith about the MCA’s Primavera exhibition.